Scott Speedster 10 review

Top of the range alloy from race bike specialist

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £999.00 RRP

Our review

The Scott is a fair performer with spec highlights, but it doesn't quite gel
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Scott has grabbed many headlines over the years for its trend-setting race bikes. The original CR1 heralded a new era in carbon monocoques, the Addict set the benchmark for flyweight frames, and the Foil helped usher in a generation of lightweight aero machines. All the while though, the company has been quietly selling thousands of its Speedster alloy road bikes.

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  • Highs: Classy IAM Cycling paint job; decent performance; mechanic-friendly threaded bottom bracket shell
  • Lows: Spec tokenism gives you Ultegra shifters and a bargain basement headset; mudguard-friendly version no longer an option; 23mm tyres
  • Buy if: You want a good looking middle-of-the-road ride with a few nice bits

The Speedster 10 is the top of the line model. It’s a striking thing, with a red, white and blue paint job that puts us in mind of Team GB. In fact, this is the livery of Swiss-based pro team IAM Cycling, and although it’s unlikely you’ll be seeing Sylvain Chavanel or Heinrich Haussler aboard an alloy rig any time soon, you can still benefit from the team sponsor’s good cosmetic taste.

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The riding position is neither race nor endurance, but a slightly nondescript middle ground: the riding position is neither race nor endurance, but a slightly nondescript middle ground

The riding position is neither race nor endurance, but a slightly nondescript middle ground

The frame is a pretty standard affair, with full internal cabling and double butted 6061 alloy tubes that meet at cheerfully non-smoothed welds. The fork is a straight steerer carbon-legged job, nestled in a fairly traditional head tube. With our mechanics’ hats on, certain details of this chassis stand out – we appreciate the fuss-free threaded bottom bracket shell – a boon to those happy to wield their own spanners – but less appealing is the headset which, while being described as one of the “integrated cartridge” variety, actually consists of some decidedly low-rent caged ball bearings. They’ll do the job, but we somehow expect better. It’s also a shame that Scott, which used to offer a UK-specific Speedster with mudguard eyelets, has dropped the option from the line-up, limiting the bike’s versatility.

Rather than giving you a complete groupset, Scott has used its component budget to give you a sniff of Shimano Ultegra (shifters, rear derailleur), a dash of 105 (front derailleur, bottom bracket) and a smattering of non-series bits, including the cranks and brakes. It’s a perfectly logical approach, but on a bike weighing over 9kg, it smacks of tokenism. Ultegra offers minimal weight savings and no functional advantage over 11-speed 105 and, if we’re honest, a complete 105 setup would be more aesthetically harmonious, even if the levers aren’t as shiny.

A touch of Ultegra class out back
A touch of ultegra class out back: a touch of ultegra class out back
David Caudery

A touch of Ultegra class out back

Nitpicking aside, it’s the riding experience that matters and the Speedster is thoroughly inoffensive once you throw a leg over it. The riding position lies somewhere between a full-on racer and a ‘sportive’ setup, and it occupies a middle ground in terms of both stiffness and comfort too. The bike doesn’t offer razor-sharp power transfer, but it’s not going to hold you back either. There was a little more road feedback through the bars than we’d have liked, but this could certainly be mitigated by fitting larger tyres – we’re not sure why some manufacturers are persisting with 23s, but 25s will fit if you want them.

Some minor spec choices aside, it’s hard to fault the Scott, but equally it doesn’t mark itself out from the herd. It’s a competent, fairly rounded bike that does exactly what you’d expect – no more, and no less.

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Note: This model is not available in Australia.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Speedster 10 (15)
Brand Scott

Available Sizes XXS XS S M L XL XXL
Saddle Syncros Road Endurance
Wheelbase (cm) 97.5
Top Tube (cm) 54
Standover Height (cm) 79.5
Seat Tube (cm) 54
Chainstays (cm) 40.5
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 28
Weight (lb) 20.55
Wheelset Syncros Race 27 Aero, Formula Team hubs
Weight (kg) 9.32
Trail 5.9
Stem Syncros FL2.0 11.5cm
Shifters Shimano Ultegra Carbon Dual Control
Seatpost Syncros R1.4, carbon/ alloy, 31.6mm diam
Seat Angle 74
Rear Wheel Weight 1890
Bottom Bracket Shimano 105
Frame Material Speedster Aero 6061 aluminium
Brakes Shimano BR-561 Black Super SLR
Cassette Shimano 105, 11-32, 11-speed
Chain KMC X11
Cranks Shimano FC-RS500 Black Hyperdrive, 50/34, 172.5mm
Fork Speedster carbon, 1 1/8in alloy steerer
Fork Offset 4.5
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Tyre Kenda Kriterium 23mm
Front Tyre Kenda Kriterium 23mm
Front Wheel Weight 1330
Handlebar Syncros RR2.0 Anatomic 42cm
Head Angle 72.5
Headset Type Integrated cartridge
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Frame size tested M